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MSt Celtic Studies

Catalog id : TS_FY1
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

9 Months
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17555 GBP
6550 GBP
6550 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The MSt in Celtic Studies is designed to offer a wide range of subjects, including archaeology, art, history and law, in addition to language and literature, with the opportunity to concentrate on the study of aspects of the history and culture of Celtic peoples from antiquity until the present day.

  • The MSt in Celtic Studies is suitable both for candidates wishing to proceed to a research degree and for those who wish to spend only one year at This is a one-year course designed to help those who already possess a good knowledge of Welsh, Irish or another Celtic language to acquire a grounding in areas of Celtic studies which were not part of their first degree course.
  • Alternatively, it can be a path for those who wish to deepen their knowledge in a particular area of Celtic studies. Oxford.
  • The MSt in Celtic Studies provides an appropriate introduction for you if you are contemplating higher research in a DPhil or PhD programme in this area.

Graduate destinations

Many MSt students proceed to doctoral degrees at Oxford or at other universities. Other graduate destinations include teaching, journalism, law, publishing and the civil service.

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Eligibility Criteria

1. Academic ability

Proven and potential academic excellence

  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a relevant course of academic study.
  • Degree-level competence in at least one Celtic language is a requirement for admission to the MSt. Applicants selected for this course will have shown clear evidence of linguistic ability and a serious interest in acquiring new knowledge and skills.
  • Entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a high first-class degree or the equivalent.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.75 out of 4.0.
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

References/letters of recommendation 

  • Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement and motivation.
  • At least two of your references should be academic; the third may be professional but it should nevertheless speak to your ability to study European language/literature.

Written work produced by the student

  • Two pieces of written work of not more than 2,000 words each in length. Longer pieces should have a section of 2,000 words clearly highlighted.
  • Where necessary, a cover note may be attached placing an extract in a larger context. Work should be submitted in English. 
  • This will be assessed for comprehensive understanding of the subject area; understanding of problems in the area; ability to construct and defend an argument; powers of analysis; and powers of expression.
  • At least one piece of work should relate closely to the proposed area of study.

Statement of purpose/personal statement

The statement should not be longer than 700 words and should be written in English. The statement should be written with reference to the course structure of the MSt.

The statement will be assessed with reference to:

  • your reasons for applying
  • the coherence of the statement
  • evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study
  • the ability to present a reasoned case in English
  • commitment to the subject, beyond the requirements of the degree course
  • preliminary knowledge of research techniques
  • capacity for sustained and intense work
  • reasoning ability
  • the ability to absorb new ideas, often presented abstractly, at a rapid pace.

Your statement should focus on your academic qualifications to the extent that they are relevant to your academic plans, rather than on personal achievements, interests and aspirations.

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Course Modules

The course consists of the following elements:

  • two option papers, assessed either by essay or written examination
  • a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on an approved topic
  • a viva voce examination at the time appointed by the examiners

The option papers allow you to study both Irish and Welsh or only one of the two. You may also select Celtic archaeology or history, as well as linguistic and literary options. Although the regulations are flexible enough to allow for individual preferences, there is also a compulsory language element requiring the close study of medieval texts in the original language(s).

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How to Apply

The set of materials you should send with an application to this MSt comprises:

  • a statement of purpose/personal statement, of no more than 700 words
  • a CV/résumé
  • three references
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • two relevant academic essays or other writing samples from your most recent qualification of 2,000 words each, or 2,000-word extracts of longer work.

At least two of your references should be academic; the third may be professional but it should nevertheless speak to your ability to study European language/literature.

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